Local news translated – April 13, 2021

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Daily Host Nation Update, April 13, 2021 

Böblingen district: Corona emergency brake goes into effect as of today

The 7-day incidence has now also risen above the 100 mark in the district of Böblingen on three consecutive days. This means: starting today, the emergency brake will be pulled.  If the value is exceeded three days in a row, the corresponding specifications of the Corona Ordinance for incidences above 100 then apply.

“We have kept below the magic limit for a long time, but the nationwide trend does not stop at the district of Böblingen,” regrets District Administrator Roland Bernhard. The good network of rapid testing facilities in the district is certainly a building block for the fact that the numbers are still reasonably respectable. And, in particular, Bernhard continues, it is not only about the pure incidence values, but also about the conservation of hospital resources, which goes hand in hand with the relatively good figures.

What is happening in the Böblingen district, however, remains diffuse. There are no hotspots. There was less testing over the Easter holidays, and the transmission of test results from the laboratories were delayed. Many cases were not reported until later in the week. This led to the relatively lower incidence levels immediately after the Easter holidays. Overall, however, the rising number of infection cases now make the incidence seem to be jumping.

“Currently is also not the time to call for model projects for opening scenarios. The time for this will probably not come until the end of April / beginning of May,” continued District Administrator Bernhard. “However, when the third wave is broken, there is a need for clear prospects for relaxations.

Therefore, from Tuesday, April 13, the following rules apply:

Meeting of members of no more than two households, no more than 5 people (children up to 14 years of age are not counted.

In retail stores, only goods ordered in advance can be collected on an agreed date (click & collect).

The use of sports facilities for amateur and recreational individual sports is not permitted.

Museums, galleries, zoological and botanical gardens, and memorials remain closed to the public.

Body-related services are not permitted, except for medically necessary treatments, and hairdressers remain open.

The operation of music, art and youth art schools is now only permitted online. (BB.heute.de, April 13)


Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – where  nighttime curfews are currently in effect:

Nighttime curfew restrictions currently apply in ten counties in Baden-Württemberg. However, that may soon change.

Stuttgart – The new Corona ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg has been in effect since March 8. Where you are not allowed out at night is decided on the basis of the 7-day incidence in the respective district.

Curfew restrictions are enacted by city and county governments. The following table shows where nighttime curfew restrictions currently apply – and where the incidence levels are too high according to the ministry’s definition (as of April 13, 9:30 a.m.):

Stuttgart: Incidence: 130; night curfew: NO

Boeblingen: Incidence: 115; night curfew: NO

Esslingen: Incidence: 158’ night curfew: NO

Goeppingen: Incidence: 210; night curfew: NO
Ludwigsburg: Incidence: 155; night curfew: NO

Karlsruhe: Incidence: 145; night curfew: NO

Heidelberg: Incidence: 62; night curfew: NO

Rems-Murr District: Incidence: 163; night curfew: NO

Schwaebisch Hall: Incidence: 271; night curfew: YES from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Heilbronn: Incidence: 287; night curfew: YES from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Rastatt: Incidence: 172; night curfew: YES from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Mannheim: Incidence: 150; night curfew: YES from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 13)

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – State decides on exemptions for fully vaccinated people

In Baden-Württemberg, exceptions will apply in the future for people fully vaccinated against Sars-Cov-2. The state is thus following the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.  Stuttgart – For people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, exemptions from the segregation requirement and after entry from a risk area will apply in Baden-Württemberg in the future. An exemption will be included in the respective ordinances, according to which vaccinated, asymptomatic people will not have to undergo segregation in the future if they have had contact with a Covid 19 case. “The same applies to people entering the country from all risk areas abroad,” said Health Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) in Stuttgart on Monday.  Thus, the state follows the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to this, for close contacts who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, an exception from the obligation to segregate is to be provided.

The same applies to persons who have received one vaccine dose to date and who have also experienced Covid-19 disease in the past. According to the RKI recommendation, vaccine protection is considered complete when 14 days have passed since the last prescribed vaccine dose. All vaccines approved in the EU are recognized. According to Lucha, the changes will be made this week and are scheduled to take effect next Monday (April 19).  Further changes with regard to vaccinated persons result according to Lucha for stationary facilities of the care. Here, with a vaccination coverage rate of 90 percent of residents, visits can be made possible again. However, the hygiene measures, in particular the qualified mask requirement and testing before entering remains in place.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 13)

NOTE: Personnel (including dependents) assigned to USAG Stuttgart must follow the garrison’s quarantine and testing policy.


After “Querdenker” (lateral thinkers) demonstration in Stuttgart –

Kretschmann recommends to protest online during Corona times

Stuttgart – After the debates about demonstrations during Corona times, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has pointed to possibilities of protesting on the Internet, instead. There you can demonstrate without any contacs, he said Tuesday in Stuttgart. “The counterpart to the home office is precisely to protest intelligently on the internet.” He compared the issue to distance and face-to-face teaching in schools, saying, “Of course, protesting properly is already more charming than just doing it on the net. But it is what it is, also during times of a pandemic.”

At a “Querdenker” demonstration on Saturday before Easter, thousands of people had gathered in Stuttgart without distance and mouth-to-nose protection. This triggered a discussion about banning such protests. The city of Stuttgart, for example, subsequently banned two other planned demonstrations.

“They brought this on themselves,” Kretschmann said, referring to the demonstrators. “You can’t allow infection hotspots of the greatest magnitude to develop there.” If organizers are credible and adhere to guidelines, a demo is not a problem, he said. However, the State will do everything it can to prevent demonstrations that endanger the common good, he said. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 13)